Grant Cogswell (left) and Joel David Moore, who plays Cogswell in Grassroots. Photo courtesy stephengyllenhaal.net

As Eric Scigliano pointed out yesterday, Stephen Gyllenhaal (father of superstars Maggie and Jake, director of Homegrown ) is shooting his latest film Grassroots in town, and we’ve gotten in the habit of following its production—and its stars on Twitter.

Quick background on the story, based on former Stranger news guy Phil Campbell’s book Zioncheck For President: In 2001, Campbell managed the campaign of Seattle City Council hopeful Grant Cogswell, a political upstart who dabbled more in music and poetry than public policy. Cogswell ran his campaign largely on a single issue: expanding Seattle’s monorail. At the other end of the race was incumbent and seasoned politico Richard McIver. Despite his neophyte status, Cogswell put up an impressive fight before … well, if you don’t know, we won’t spoil the ending.

Grassroots started filming June 28 and is expected to continue through August 7, with production based mostly on Capitol Hill. (I actually walked by a recent shoot taking place outside the Comet Tavern on Pike.) It stars Jason Biggs as Campbell and Portland native Joel David Moore ( Avatar ) as Cogswell, and they’ve both taken to tweeting about Seattle:

joeldavidmoore @TheRealJordin (aka Jordin Sparks) Great hangin last night! We rocked Seattle, w cucumbers and green tennis balls. I love inside jokes on twitter.

biggsjason I’ve been invited to throw out the first pitch at a Mariners game. Good thing I just started that second cycle of ‘gym candy’

Or on July 1, after Day Infinity of gray/rain: biggsjason Dear Sun- It was fun while it lasted, I guess. I don’t know what LA has that I don’t, but whatever. I hope ur happy. From, Seattle

Gyllenhaal is also tweeting and blogging: stephgyllenhaal 5:30am. Locked out of location. Owner – no show. All of us outside, freaking. Found another place, struggling. Then owner showed. Ah, film!
(That was this morning.)

Other notable actors who’ve signed on include Cedric the Entertainer as McIver, Tom Arnold as local bar owner Tommy, Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as Campbell’s journalist girlfriend Emily, and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) as Clair, a monorail supporter.

Stay tuned for periodic updates on the progress of Grassroots and other hubbub resulting from famous actors infiltrating Seattle.

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